Weekly Reads: August 8

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  1. In case you needed another reason to love Audra McDonald, she sang Yahoo! Answers on Jimmy Kimmel.
  2. Wondering if you’ll like any books on the Man Booker Longlist? Read their first lines.
  3. The title says it all: How to become a terrible library patron in 5 easy steps.
  4. If you thought Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was a strange title, check out these strange book titles from the 18th century.
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Sunday Reads: June 23, 2013

News:

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Son and Heir? In Britain, Daughters Cry No Fair (NYT) : Though the law of primogeniture seems antiquated, it still exists inEngland’s rigid society. The article is an interesting read for the discussion alone but I loved the interview with Liza Campbell. Campbell wrote one of my favorite memoirs, A Charmed Life: Growing Up in Macbeth’s Castle.

Blogs:

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Seven Summer Reds (LE) : Lisa Eldridge will always top my list of the most beautiful women in the world. Lucky for the rest of us, she shares her makeup tips weekly on her blog. This week’s offering was a guide to summer red lipsticks. I dare you to read it without opening your wallet.

Magazines:

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Mindful (Mindful Magazine): I’m the first to admit that meditation is not my thing — sitting still chanting om sounds awful. That being said with the growing reliance on technology and constant connectedness it can be difficult to take a moment to simply be. Check out this article for the basics.

Books:

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Call the Midwife: I’m still making my way through this delightful book. Since I’m listening to it, progress is slower than I would like but there’s nothing like a British accent reading to you!

 

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Sunday Reads: May 26, 2013

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The Ultimate List of Fictional Boyfriends : Since rewatching Dawson’s Creek last summer I’ve had an unnatural obsession with Pacey Witter. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

Free Breakfasts in Texas Public Schools : Perhaps it’s because I know two people working with TFA in Texas but this article was really eye-opening. For more information I highly recommend my friend Mallory’s blog.

No Signature Required: An interesting little article about how the advent of technology has affect signatures and how we verify our identity.

21 to Drink Coffee? : The FDA has started looking into the effect of caffeine on a young brain. Though I heard about how caffeine is a drug all through high school, it never occurred to me that it could be regulated. I’m interested in where this movement is headed…

Amazon to Sell Fanfiction: This is the strangest development in publishing yet — and that’s saying something. The best thing about fanfiction is the ability to access hundreds of stories at a time for free. I wonder how this will change the fandoms.

 

Sunday Reads: February 17, 2013

Books:

The Kingmaker's Daughter by Philippa Gregory

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

Coincidentally, I had already started listening to this audiobook when the bones of Richard III were discovered. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that the Richard in Gregory’s book was that Richard until I read this article!

Even without the connection to recent events, Gregory’s book is an interesting portrayal of the oft demonized king. She turns the suspicion of his guilt on its head and makes him into a highly sympathetic character. By the end of the book I was rooting for Richard and the Plantagenets!

If you’re looking for more historical fiction check out my reviews of Above All Things, City of Women and The Pleasures of Men. For more Philippa Gregory try The Other Boleyn Girl. Made into a movie starring Scarlett Johanson and Natalie Portman, this book details Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn’s lesser-known sister Mary. It provides an interesting look into the politics of Tudor England!

Newspaper Article:

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Less of a news article and more of an event, I loved watching and reading the State of the Union address. In following the speech online, I was astounded by the power of social media. The discussions showed a level of political debate usually reserved for the classroom!

Blogs:

Immersed in Stories: From Binge-Watching to Marathon Reading

I love this take on how much our culture loves a good marathon! Though marathons are generally thought of in terms of television (think Law & Order: SVU), the author also considers reading marathons. I think I’d like to take on a good day of reading, what about you?

Sunday Reads: February 3, 2013

Blog Post:

3 Steps to Defining Your Personal Brand: I’ve been thinking a lot about what I will do after graduation and this article was the perfect inspiration to start re-working my personal brand. Of course it’s all easier said than done but by starting early I hope I’ll get ahead in the long run.

Newspaper Article:

20 Odd Questions with Stephanie von Watzdorf:  I don’t know what is better, that her name reminds me of my beloved Blair Waldorf or that she was the daughter of an art dealer and a ballet dancer – so glamourous! “My favorite stationery is Terrapin by Ted Harrington [and his mother, Cathy]. Ted is great and his work has a little tongue-in-cheek humor to it.”

Of course the article above led me to the lovely stationery store where I found some adorable notecards, check them out here and here.

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Books:

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Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible by Tim Gunn

This was a jauntily-paced look at the history of fashion with a few tips thrown in. If you’re looking for a “what to wear” guide, this is NOT it (try this instead). However, if you’re looking for a thrilling look at why we wear the clothing we do, head to the library and check this out right away.

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Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
*note: this title will be released on March 12, 2012.

I was so excited for this book because of its connection to fairytale lore without being overdone (Footnote: It’s retelling of the story of Bluebeard. ) — I’m looking at you retellings of Cinderella! Strands of Bronze and Gold had a lot of promise with its strong female heroine and 19th c. setting but I found myself distracted at times by the references to other works. At one point Sophia  receives a letter “Dear Miss Petheram, In vain I have struggled…” which is strikingly similar to Mr. Darcy’s letter in Pride and Prejudice “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Similarly, when Sophia and Monsieur Bernard de Cressac are to be married, he suggests taking their honeymoon in Barbados, which seems entirely too similar to Mr. Rochester’s actions with the mad woman in the attic (Jane Eyre or Wide Sargasso Sea). Though I love a veiled reference to works that have gone before, especially in historical fiction, I found these a little heavy-handed and distracting. All of that being said I think it would make an excellent addition to a YA collection, since teens probably aren’t as picky about their classical references as I am!

 

Sunday Reading: January 27, 2013

It’s been a blustery few days here in Chapel Hill! Work at the library has been cancelled for the past few days due to icy conditions so I’ve had plenty of time to catch up on my reading. Here are the most interesting things I read this week:

Blog Post:

British Problems: Light-hearted and fun, this article was the perfect pick-me-up at the end of a long day.

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Bookish Babies: Just in case your moody-blues weren’t gone after reading the last post, these adorable photos are sure to put a smile on your face. Is there anything cuter than a baby with books?

Book:

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84, Charing Cross Road: If you didn’t already yearn for the lost art of letter writing, this book will certainly make you want to go buy stamps! The book, a novella really, contains Helen Hanff’s correspondence with an antiquarian bookstore in London. The letters were written between 1949 and 1969, offering a lovely peek into wartime Britain. Hanff is delightfully witty and the Britishisms are so much fun. It’s the perfect escape from mundane life and Hanff’s suggestions are sure to add to your must read pile! Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“I do love secondhand books that open to the page some previous owner read oftenest. The day Hazlitt came he opened to ‘I hate to read new books,’ and I hollered ‘Comrade!’ to whoever owned it before me.”

Elizabeth will have to ascend the throne without me, teeth are all I’m going to see crowned for the next couple of years.”

“First, enclosed find $3, [Pride and Prejudice] arrived looking exactly as Jane ought to look, soft leather, slim and impeccable.”

“ A newspaper man I know, who was stationed in London during the war, says tourists go to England with preconceived notions, so they always find exactly what they go looking for. I told him I’d go looking for the England of English literature, and he said: ‘Then it’s there.’”

News Articles:

Making Herself the Lesson: When one woman was diagnosed with terminal cancer she decided to donate her body to science in a non-traditional way – she allowed nursing students to follow her journey.

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Real Life Carrie Bradshaw: Who would’ve thought that art imitates life so closely?! In this profile by the founder of The Hairpin we get a closer look at Candace Bushnell.

By the Book : J.K. Rowling: I am obviously late the the party on this one as the article ran in October but I’ve recently discovered NYT By the Book and have been reading the archives voraciously. Reading this led me down the rabbit hole and straight to other “By the Book” columns.

Magazine Article:

Let’s Talk (The New Yorker): The idea of the filibuster has fascinated me ever since I watched The West Wing. Though today’s filibusters are less of “a senator hoarsely rattling off recipes” and more of repeatedly taking attendance, the article was an enjoyable look behind the scenes of the Senate.

Sunday Reading

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The semester is off to a roaring start but I’ve still had a little time to myself to read some interesting articles, blog posts and books. Here’s a run down of what I’ve enjoyed:

Blog Post: 

Coloring for Grownups: At Kenyon it was a given that around finals time the coloring books would come out. I thought it was just a liberal arts thing but someone out there thought adults needed their own set of crayons! Check out the link for a hilarious renaming of classic colors.

Article:

Journaling, There’s an app for that!: I’ve always thought keeping a journal is romantic, artistic and utterly scholarly. Unfortunately I’ve never been motivated enough to write like Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf, or Anais Nin. This app promises to make journal keeping easier — maybe it’ll keep me on track!

Book:

Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless : I finished an ARC of this one over the holidays but it was  recently released, which means I’m free to gush all I want! This memoir is so different from others I’ve read — heartbreaking without being heartless, stunningly detailed without a heavy hand. There’s something about Wendy that reminds me of Capote’s Holly Golightly (who, incidentally, is wholly different from Audrey Hepburn’s as much as I love her). I’m convinced this is a better memoir than any I reading 2012 and it’ll be hard to top in the rest of 2013!